The risks are not those we are told about: no tiger will devour us and it is unlikely that we will be speared by a savage. A “savage” who, by the way, no longer uses a spear, but a “Kalashnikov”, a much cleaner and safer method of killing, something else that the consumer society has brought with it. Sometimes the risks come from drinking tea in cups of dubious aspect – to put it elegantly- and of a disquieting color. At other times they come from getting “Holy Water” from the Ganges in the face. But most times, they come from using rusty taxis that have never had a technical inspection as transportation. On this trip I was lucky: I wasn’t required to ingest “Prasat” (the sweet food that you get at the temples as the highest blessing of all), nor to share my plate with the workers at the salt mines (it is interesting to see the level of hygiene of crockery at some places in this part of the world). I have decided to draw up a list of potential risk factors for travelers/photographers, all of them undoubtedly of great interest to insurance companies. Their order does not imply a risk hierarchy…..
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After some time with family and friends here, I have headed out on my own, just me, my motorcycle and my cameras. After much deliberation I decided to head south first, this means a couple of things.. 1. its heading into summer here so I’m not going to be freezing my a$$ off the whole time and 2. TORRES DEL PAINE or known best to some as Patagonia up first. Now when I say first, it’s gonna take me awhile to get there, it’s almost 2500Km away from me still, but I feel I will be taking the most scenic route there. Buying my motorcycle in Concepcion and riding to my cousins house in Los Angeles (not the one with the big HOLLYWOOD sign * that i once climbed *) and right now I’m in a city called Temuco. While in Los Angeles I went on a small adventure to a National Park. Laguna del Laja. Approaching the park the scenery was amazing, just a straight road heading towards a snow patched volcano. The park started out with huge gorges with green forest and an in season wild yellow flower, once in the park a mere 10min drive on the gravel road the sights changed drastically! It was turning into this black volcanic scape the trees were gone as were the flowers, it was just black everything…..
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Just finished uploading the images to my portfolio from my first visit to Tokyo. Such an amazing city! This time i only brought the X-E2 and the following lenses 14mm, 23mm, 35 and 55-200mm. Compared to my X-Pro1 i would say that the much improved EVF and the faster AF were the main things i noticed in real life shooting. I did shoot at high ISO:s a lot (3200-6400) I really like organic feel of the noise the x-trans sensor produces, very filmlike. All the images are processed in Lightroom 5.3 with VSCO presets…..
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The sticky heat lingered in the afternoon air like a damp blanket, stifling and energy-sapping. It was midday, and the streets were quiet. The few people ambling about-children in the school uniforms, topless men with sun weathered skin hauling large sacks, all keeping close to the pastel coloured buildings, trying to stay within the thin sliver of shade provided by the low rise houses lining either side of the street. Children with homemade toys, constructed out of string and other rudimentary materials play on the streets, oblivious to the heat, whilst men are huddled around low tables by the walkways, lost in games of chess and dominos. Cienfuegos, Cuba’s Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South), is a somewhat sleepy town, sharing her name with Camilo Cienfuegos, national hero and one of the key figures of the Cuban revolution. Founded in 1819 (curiously, the same year Sir Stamford Raffles founded my homeland of Singapore) by French immigrants, the city retains its distinctively French vibe in its street layout and architecture. Wrapped around Bahia de Cienfuegos, a stunning natural bay, the historic city centre is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site…..
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Whenever I think of Hanoi, I especially miss its 36 meandering 13th-century streets of its storied Old Quarter. I read that these streets are almost 1,000-year old, and have a hefty history. They became crowded and lively in the 15th century, and most of them retain their original and ancient architecture. In Vietnamese, phố means street, and Hanoi’s 36 streets carry the names of the professions (or guilds) that used to be carried out in them, For example, Phố Hang Bun is the street where vermicelli was made and sold, Phố Hang Ma is where paper was made, Phố Hang Bac is where silver jewelry was found. However, Phố Hàng Ngang means ‘horizontal street’, and it’s where I found Nguyen Bao Nguyen. This artist specialized in drawing and copying old (or damaged) photographs in exquisite details; a painstaking task that takes him many days. I walked over to his store (or atelier) about three times while I was in Hanoi, and on each occasion, I spent an hour or so photographing and watching him draw, paint and fuss about his framed pictures…as well as occasionally meeting with a client. He was very amiable and welcomed my being there with the attitude of one who’s used to that kind of attention.
The Portraitist of Phố Hàng Ngang is a series of photographs made with a Fuji X Pro-1/Fujinon 18mm and Leica M9/Elmarit 28mm. It’s the sort of short and concise photo narrative that appeals to me…especially that it documents a dying traditional craft such as this one.
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I took 2 dare decisions last October. First I decided to travel to Vietnam solo and second I ditched my Canon DSLR to travel only with Fujifilm cameras x100s and X-E1. The actual planning of the trip started couple of months back. I was a bit confused where to start the trip south or north of Vietnam and whether to include the middle part of Vietnam. The thing about Vietnam is that everything is possible. Airlines were available and my options were wide open. After some serious research I decided to stick to the north for this trip and leave the other parts for another trip (yes there will be other trips!). Hanoi, Lao Cai (Sapa & BacHa) and Halong Bay were the areas I visited in this 10 days adventure……
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End of November, I left for a two week photo-flying adventure to New Zealand. While we had been to New Zealand on a similar trip before (Flying Camper trip 2006), we this time decided to limit ourselves to the South Island. Rather than carrying my normal heavy DSLR equipment, I only took two mirror-less Fujifilm cameras and a few small lenses and a lightweight tripod. More info on the testing of the pre-production Fujifilm X-E2 on the New Zealand trip, can be found in this previous blogpost. On trips like these we typically also rent a single engine aircraft beside the normal rental car to travel around the places we visit; making it a “photo-flying adventure. This gives me the opportunity to do some aerial photography of the same places I do landscape photography of. Rather than flying high wing Cessna’s which we normally rent, this time we went for a low wing Piper Warrior III. This meant I had to shoot through the plexi windows rather than an open window in the Cessna. Not ideal…
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It was Sue’s birthday. She gathered us in a big house in Llanberis in North Wales and gave us our orders. We were to climb Mount Snowdon. It was to be her final peak to climb in her list of modestly sized UK mountains to climb before thirty. My fingers crossed for the weather, I picked up my ever-so-light X100, put on my mighty-fine Brasher boots (thanks again mum!) and made sure that at least one of us was stocked up with Kendal Mint Cake. The only problem, I was labouring under a titanic hangover combined with a horribly early morning. Last night’s twin celebration of Sue’s birthday and the birth of my best friend’s first baby left me completely shattered. Or as the Welsh would say, ‘Wedi blino!’….
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I’ve just returned from spending a few weeks in Vietnam and Thailand during which I gave my Fuji X-pro1 quite a workout. It performed perfectly, even in the middle of a rainstorm. Luckily, we had clear weather for our days in Ha Long Bay. Most of these images were shot with the Fujinon 18-55mm lens, which I picked up as a carry around lens for this trip, and while it’s perfect for vacation snapshots and casual shooting, it still doesn’t beat our the 35mm 1.4 for image quality and sharpness. They’ve now released a 23mm prime that looks fantastic, but costs nearly $900….
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